Saturday, January 08, 2011

Ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons...

Too many guns. At the very least: No more automatic or semi-automatic weapons. Seriously. Ban them (again). Burn them. Stop. WTF?! Why does any US citizen need a gun that allows for rapid repeat fire? What kind of rights are we defending? Where is the leadership on this? Why won't Obama back a law banning assault weapons? I mean I get it - the gun-loving Right would love the government to try to pry their assault weapons from their cold dead hands. But really - is being able to own a weapon that can kill a nine year-old child and several others in a matter of seconds such a glorious symbol of freedom? I don't get it.

I was especially struck by John McCain's statement moments ago: “Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law.”

Why invoke contempt at this moment? Of course it's a heinous event, but decreeing that hate should and will be amplified as a result of this tragedy... really? You begin to sense a certain mindset even in elected civil servants.


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